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Old 01-13-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default 4x4 idea? Crazy?

Don't know if this is really the appropriate forum for such a silly idea, but...
Son has a 2007 v6 awd Vue that he has been driving for a couple years.
He will probably move onto a full size truck soon.
The Vue is still decent and reliable.
I had been thinking since we spend some time at Silver Lake Sand Dunes each summer, if the stock awd drive set up could be altered enough to make it capable in the sand.
Last year we did see an awd Ford Edge traveling around on the dunes, so it doesn't have to be fully locked 4 wheel posi trac monster truck to get around, but don't think the current set up would be much fun.
Is there any way, has anyone ever done any mods, to "tighten up" or make the transfer case and/or rear differential more off road capable.
Thought there maybe something could be altered, drilled, tapped, nut and bolted, or welded together...?
Sold our 1975 Bronco a few weeks ago and don't want to be without something to "dune".
Thinking of looking at trying to maybe raise it a little with strut spacers, wheel spacers, and fit some wider bigger tires...
Just curious at this point.
Appreciate any help, especially if anyone has cracked open the drive train and done any knid of mod like that.
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: 4x4 idea? Crazy?

I think the only resonable thing to do to is to drop the tire inflation pressure down to 10 psi or so.
At an inflation that results in a tire height 75% of normal ,the pressure is low enough to effectively double the tire surface area in contact wth the sand.

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Old 01-14-2017, 01:01 PM   #3
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Default Re: 4x4 idea? Crazy?

Thanks for that.
Even with my old Bronco, have to air down the tires.
I don't think it is going to be much fun as is.
Kind of thinking this would be a budget alternative to getting a 4 seat side by side UTV.
Just pondering admittedly stupid stuff.

Appreciate the reply and response

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